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Tsonga lashes out at French Open organizers

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"Frankly, I was a bit disappointed because I was playing on a Sunday," Tsonga said. "I had asked not to play on a Sunday, absolutely, because I had practiced in such a way that I thought I wanted to play on a Monday or Tuesday, to be totally fit. But they imposed it on me."

Tsonga said the organizers should have shown more respect considering his ranking and nationality.

"Today, we're in France. I'm French. I'm the French No. 1. I would have thought it was legitimate for me to be listened to," Tsonga said.

"If you look at (Andy) Murray, if he decides on a day or a time schedule at Wimbledon, nobody is going to impose anything on him. For (Roger) Federer, in his country it's the same. And in the U.S., I suppose it's the same thing for the best American players. I think that Lleyton (Hewitt) probably plays in the sun during the Australian Open because he loves the sun and other opponents don't like the sun."

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"If I had lost on Sunday because I was not feeling good, then many people would have been disappointed. This would have been a bit silly, I think," Tsonga said. "But it wasn't the case, so I'm here, and I'm fit. I'm ready to play. This story will continue, and that's the end of the story."

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Well I think he has a valid point, though it does come across as a bit "diva-ish". Although every player must be ready to play at any time, I would have thought the French open organizers could have pulled some strings to help their national players.
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He is not that big star I guess, even though he is French no. 1.

“There’s so many athletes, tennis players around the world,” he continued, trying to put his life into some kind of perspective, “they want to be the best in what they do. They want to succeed. Many of them, they don’t succeed in the end. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity and succeed.”
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oh poor baby......

whinging frenchies....

whats the matter joey boy, waving the white flag just like ur military are we?

toughen up like the spaniards and u might win a grand slam for a change.
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Somebody call the waaaambulance.
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Not sure he's right about Wimbledon. Their schedule is pretty rigid. He's certainly right out the other slams though.

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Maybe Tsonga should let the organizers do their job and just focus on playing.

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Re: Tsonga lashes out at French Open organizers

Yes, Wimbledon will give Murray the Centre court most of the time, and arrange the times to fit in with tv if possible, but they wouldn't alter the schedule for him. The only slam that I have noticed messing around with schedules is the US Open.

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What a whiny bitch this Tsonga is. Hopefully the French make the courts ultra-slow for him.
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It's not like he'll win it anyways.
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What a clown.

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The methods and drugs used by Armstrong in 1999 would work in tennis right now, with zero chance of being caught (not slightly surprising to anyone familiar with the topic, btw).
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Why are people seeing it as demanding is beyond me. He was carrying an injury and asked to play on a day that's still a perfectly normal one for his half, it's not even something that requires serious schedule shuffling like Gasquet's request. I'd expect them to oblige any player if possible, let alone a home one.
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I agree. They could have had him play on Monday easily, they had plenty of matches to chose from. I don't understand organizers. And I think Tsonga's comment is fair.
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It's not like he'll win it anyways.
probably trying to come out with excuses in advance should he lose later...


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